Friday, July 29, 2011

Hair Care Tips

Some hair care tips seem so simple you'd think it would be common sense. Alas, I made hair care blunders for many years because I didn't know I should be doing something different, or better. Better late than never, right?

1) Don't shampoo everyday (every other day is good) and use conditioner after every time you use shampoo.

 Using 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioners is a no no.

2) Your natural oils are a good thing, so don't wash you hair everyday. You can skip one or two differing days a week.

3) Do NOT blow dry wet hair. Keep your hair in a towel for 5 minutes, then air dry it for another 5. If your dryer has a warm or cool setting, use that preferably rather than hot.
4) Don't brush from root to tip, rather the reverse so you don't break any hair.

5) Always use a heat protection spray before flat ironing or using a curling iron. 

6) Trim your (well, have a professional do it) hair every 8 to 10 weeks. 

7) If you love pony tails, tie your hair in a different spot each time. You'll break and damage your hair by tying in the same spot each time, all the time. It mixes things up a bit too when your hair is half an inch lower than from the day before. *wink*

8) The longer your hair, the bigger the brush you use should be.

9) After swimming in chlorine or salt water, it's best to shampoo and condition as soon as possible; rinsing isn't enough. Chlorine and salt dry out your hair. An ingredient to look for is EDTA. If you swim as much as a fish, deep condition your hair once a week.

10) If you love the sun, protect the hair with a conditioner that has SPF in it. An ingredient to look for is octyl methoxycinnamate. Nevertheless, a hat is still your best friend.

11) Like your face your hair likes masks as well.

 Take a look at the hair mask Bubzbeauty recommends. Woohoo for home-made beauty, um, products. =D

There are more ways to care for you hair, in particular your diet (ya know, what you eat), but that is getting into greater detail and I suppose complexity? Aha, I think what I've listed is good for now.
Anyone have anything else to add to the list? =)

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Harry Potter the Final Film

I saw the Deathly Hallows Part II this past weekend with my husband and sister. It was amazing! I knew that it would be intense, but my goodness I didn't think I'd cry so much, haha. According to my sister, she said a man seated to our right, a few seats down, looked in our direction a couple times in an, "Is everything alright?" sort of manner. Oh yes good sir, just an emotional lady. A few times I had to look away from the screen and tell myself, "It's going *sniffle* to be alright," so I wouldn't blubber so much.
A fair warning, if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I'll be giving away spoilers.

My husband asked me to choose 5 favorite scenes, but by-golly that is hard. To name a few in any case, I love the scene when Hermione is disguised as Bellatrix via polyjuice potion. I suppose the main credit goes to
Helena, the actress who plays Bellatrix, for that scene. Helena is a brilliant actress. Helena captured Hermione's character very well. It was a bit bizarre actually, seeing the stark difference of her evil character then BAM, someone kind trying to be an awful person.

Oh oh, when Harry, Ron and Hermione escape from Gringott's bank! Dragons may be, mm, fierce, but trust me I felt sorry for the dragon that is kept in Gringott's. You'll see why.
Who doesn't adore Neville? He is so honest, loyal and brave. There is a bridge scene with him and numerous Death Eaters that makes you want to shout, "Wooo, go Neville!" and "I can't believe you pulled that off." =D
If you have seen the movie, what are some of your favorite scenes?

The acting in the film, as expected, is superb in my opinion. I felt a great sense of commitment was given in every scene. Something I admire is when an actor/actress can seamlessly make an intense scene meld and make sense with a small comedic moment and not clash. This sort of combination happens a handful of times throughout the film. The timing of any comedy was brilliant, giving the audience a small break from all the heart racing moments.
The editing of the film is well done. For me I feel that every information necessary to understand the story was put in the film, thus I didn't feel that I was deprived of anything. Then again I love the book so much that if Part II was 3 hours long, I wouldn't mind. I love the score of the film, too. It helps invoke the right feeling in the audience, really helps tell the story clearly.  Am I sounding a bit technical and such now? Haha, pardon me perhaps it's the theatre in me.

 Alan Rickman is wonderful in the film. I felt a great deal of sympathy for him.

If you can I highly recommend you to see the film in IMAX 3D. The sound quality is wonderful, really feel like it's all around you. I know I'll be seeing the movie a second time, not in IMAX again, but that's fine I'm just happy to watch it. At least this time around I'll be prepared for the amount of crying I'll most likely do. =)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beauty and Makeup Gurus

My husband and I don't have a telly and I haven't watched television like "a normal person" since high school, haha. So without a telly I've come to really enjoy watching beauty and makeup guru's on YouTube. I never wear makeup, but still love to watch makeup tutorials and certainly videos on taking care of your skin, or "beauty" videos. I have a few go-to gurus, my favorites, that I check out regularly.

Pic by Google.

My sister introduced me to fuzkittie and I love how thorough she is when reviewing products especially. Although her profession isn't in makeup, she still knows her stuff. There are so many products I'd love to try out based on her recommendation, but I must exercise self restraint, aha. She's quite honest, genuine, and funny, so it's a joy to watch her videos.
UPDATE (April '12)

Unfortunately, fuzkittie has deleted her YouTube account. A pity considering her reviews were so helpful, but perhaps she just needed a change (and a break). All the best to her. =)
Pic by Google.

I've been 'following' Bubz for awhile and with her personality, video content, how she edits them, everything really, I quite enjoy watching her videos over and over. Some may consider that a waste of time, but doesn't everyone do that in many different ways? Buuut I digress. Bubz, I think, is mainly known for her makeup and hair tutorials, but she has some beauty videos, which I've found useful. Bubz doesn't seem to be afraid to show her goofy side either, which is amusing. =]

Pic by Google.

Michelle's makeup videos are always beautiful and creative. If I ever decide to dress up for Halloween, I'm sure I'd go to one of her videos for a handy how-to on, for example, a Mulan tutorial. Like Bubz, she too has beauty DIY videos that are useful and inspiring. I like how she has partners in some of her videos; a professional for hair, Krista, and another for fashion, Chriselle.

 Pardon the blurry quality; took a snapshot from one of her videos. Isn't her pug Popeye adorable?

  Dizzy is another lovely genuine person to watch. She doesn't do many makeup/hair tutorials, but rather--mostly--hauls, product reviews and bits and bobs of inspirational videos. I really enjoy her "think it" videos where she'll talk about issues to be aware of, which just makes you reflect. Yeah, I think that made sense.
Hmm, all of my favorite gurus are Asian, haha. I swear it's a coincidence.  ;) I have a few others I watch, but again, these are my main go-to ladies. I encourage you to check them out if you enjoy beauty/makeup gurus.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beauty Tips: Sunscreen

I am not a professional on this topic by any means, but I think what I have learned is quite useful and has its own weight to it. 

I didn't really know anything about taking proper care of my skin until, oh, a year and a half ago. My mom did tell me that I should wear sunscreen outside so I don't burn. You may have seen from previous posts that I am a fair skinned redhead, so I burn easily. Regardless, I rarely wore sunscreen. Reasons: too lazy, forgot, that sort of nonsense. Lucky for me, I don't like to be out in the sun much anyway, so I can still be compared to Casper, haha.

Too much tanning, and you may look like this. Not really what someone is aiming for, right?

A lot of women and men want to look younger. That's cool, I'm for it too, but what I don't get is the fascination with tanning. Don't get me wrong, if that's the look you like go for it, but if you're trying to look young, tanning is quite counterproductive. Tanning ages you and is certainly harmful to your skin. With too much sun you can get skin cancer, sunburn, and/or sun poisoning. I'll take a rain check on those items, thank you. 

If you're naturally pale, why would you want to be as dark as your hair? I just encourage people to take care of themselves. (Please focus on the message not just her chest people.)


1)  Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes BEFORE you go outside to allow the sunscreen to absorb properly. Don't be stingy either folks with how much you use and don't forget behind the ears, back of the knees, lips, etc. In addition, if you're outside for long periods, reapply every two hours.

2)  "I won't tan if I wear sunscreen." WRONG. Sunscreen protects you yes, but it cannot block all the UVA and UVB rays. Thus, wear sunscreen, but don't spend too much time in the sun.

3) For minimal sun exposure like walking to your car SPF 15 is fine.
Extended sun exposure like playing sports, use SPF 30.
For fair skinned people particularly redheads, SPF 50 is your friend.

4)  If you can, avoid sun peak hours between 10a.m. and 4p.m.
Tying in with this, a cloudy day does not mean you can skip sunscreen.

5)  Sunscreen shelf life is around 3 years. If you've had the same bottle for three years, clearly you don't use it enough.

6)  A sheer top will not protect you, the rays still penetrate so wear sunscreen underneath, mkay.

7)  Make it easier, add sunscreen to your morning beauty routine. After washing your face, moisturizing, all of that goodness, apply sunscreen at the end.

If you're already 30 and tan, you shouldn't think, "Well, it's too late now and can't get any worse." On the contrary, protect yourself from further damage. You only have one body, so why not take care of it?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shopping - How to Save Money

I have a handful of rules that I go by when it comes to shopping. I hope these rules may come in handy for you.
The tips are in no particular order, so perhaps ignore the numbering.


1)  If you don't love it, don't buy it
I've followed this notion for many years and I've stuck to it at least 98% of the time, haha. I have always preferred to save my money, and this guideline helps a lot for me. Plus, I'd rather not waste money on a pair of shoes or shirt that I will only wear a handful of times before getting rid of it. 

2)  Know your budget and stick to it.
If you are on a budget, no matter how big or small, don't cause yourself needless worry/regret down the line by buying too many items, causing you to spend more than you can/should. You may love those sparkly shoes now, but remember that their will always be other sparkly shoes in the future.

 Don't get me wrong I love shoes like any woman, but this is far too many.

3)  Don't shop 'just because.'
I am not saying that you can not shop for fun. What I mean is don't make shopping such a habit that
you end up shopping every week; that can really add up, ya. To give you an idea, the main time I shop is when I'm wanting to update my wardrobe, which isn't often (perhaps 3 or 4 times a year). As well, when I do shop for fun, I don't do it often likewise. Mm, at the same time when shopping for fun, I ask myself questions like:
"Do I need this?"    
"Do I love this or just like it?"     
"Can I wear this with the clothes I already have?"

I love clothes, shoes and a nice space to put them in, but if you need a closet like this, perhaps scale back a bit. But that is my instinct.

4)  Self restraint
This may come easily or hard, depending on how you are. I have taken this into practice over
the years and even my husband agrees that I'm good at restraining myself from buying something, whatever the reason. I think this tip really envelops tips 1-3 already, if that makes sense. So I don't think this tip needs further explanation, it speaks for itself. 

 ...Not enough variety for me.
5)  Avoid buying exact replicas.
I can understand getting 3 layering tank-tops of the same style in three different colors. You can get great use out of them and create many varying outfits. What I don't get is having 7 pairs of dark denim jeans that look freakishly similar or 5 lace dresses with little variation in style. After all, if you're wanting to add variety to your wardrobe, that's not the way to go, mhmm.
I think these 5 tips are a great start. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know!
How do you save money when shopping?

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Korean Music, a Weakness

When I was 'introduced' to Asian music about 3 or 4 years ago, Korean was what I first listened to before expanding out. Perhaps it's a first time, sentimental thing? Either way it is a weakness.

In the past week I've mainly been listening to Super Junior and MBLAQ.  I'm sure most of whom I listen to are considered 'pretty boy' bands. Oh well I say it's a coincidence. Before any conclusions are drawn, I don't just listen to the gentlemen, I listen to several lady groups as well. A few of my favorites are SNSD, f(x), and T-ara.
Comparatively I do listen to more guy groups/artists than I do girl groups/artists. I am certainly open for suggestions.


I'm not sure how to describe my fascination in Korean music. It's far too broad and boring to just say, "I like it." Haha. Well then, for starters I am fascinated with the language. Perhaps it's just me, but it has a pleasing flow to it, if that makes sense. Some day I would like to learn the language, but at the same time I enjoy not knowing what the singers are saying (contradicting, no?) ...The whole music package, if you will, is fun and catchy to listen to. Perhaps even that is a broad answer.

I would still love to go to a concert with my sister (also a fan of Korean/Asian music) to see--for instance--SHINee.
Here is a view into a few groups I listen to:





CN Blue

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